Ever wonder how a computer works? Using the top-down approach, this block diagram takes you on a journey through the various stages of a microprocessor’s architecture. At the system level, the details of each component are concealed, all emphasis being placed on the task that each device performs. For starters, every microprocessor has an arithmetic logic unit (ALU). As its name suggests, this component allows a computer to perform both arithmetic and logic operations. Therefore, it is important to take time to understand how this circuit works by following the animation. 

Tom McGlew wrote up this wonderful description of the eSyst Microprocessor Animation that he submitted to the MATEC NetWorks digital library.  eSyst was created to help electronics programs go from the old way of doing things to a systems view of electronics.  Next Friday, November 12, NetWorks will have a webinar entitled:  Electronics Education Today.  Many programs are in trouble do to the lack of enrollment and retention.  After all, a lot of students don’t understand why they need to study what they are, and why can’t they work on the machines?  But the colleges that have implemented the eSyst approach have seen an increase in enrollment and retention, as well as greater enthusiasm from students, and I am not sure if we should be surprised by this, but by teachers as well. 

Webinar description:  There is strong evidence that current courses and curricula in electronics technology programs are dated and clinging to past content that is no longer relevant in the modern world. Discuss the future of education in electronic systems technology with industry and education experts.

Check out the microproccessor animation link.  Drill down to the very essence of it.  You can find similar labs and resources at NetWorks digital library as well as eSyst.  And as always, registration is free, using the resources is free!  So what’s stopping you?

Mark Viquesney